27 July - 21 August 2020
Opening 6pm Wednesday 27 July
Image: Pt. Macquaire, Jess Bradford, 2017,
water activated dry media on primed zinc plate, 9 x 6cm.
Substrates of Memory
Substrates of Memory investigates the photographic image and its relation to memory through painting and sculptural installation. Contrary to the popular notion that photographs are mnemonic devices imbued with history, this exhibition examines the failings of the medium, where memory is incapable of adhering to the photograph. Particularly in the case of found photography, where photographs are decontextualized and ties to the photographer are severed, the image is rendered mute and instead becomes open for speculative reading.
Bradford explores these ideas through the motif of surface in painting and theatrical façades. In this exhibition she replicates a personal collection of found family photographs in painting, and situates them within fabricated domestic environments. This familiar scene of domesticity, however, is undermined as these reproductions reveal their own artifice. These hollow representations appear to be laden with the weight of the past, but are ultimately empty of history.
Jess Bradford is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Sydney. She is undertaking a Masters of Fine Arts by Research at Sydney College of the Arts, and has received the Australian Postgraduate Award. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Artist Run Initiatives and Regional Galleries, including Firstdraft Gallery, Archive Space, Penrith Regional Gallery, and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. She was awarded the Blacktown City Art Prize for Watercolour in 2018 and 2017, and was a finalist in the John Fries Memorial Prize, the Tim Olsen Drawing Prize, and the Jenny Birt Award. She is in private collections and under the public acquisition of the Ford Land Company.
MOP Projects is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW